this movie brings me so much joy

things i love about my hero academia

(not all of them because then this would turn into a 500 page journal that could be published and sold and no one would buy it because no one is as much of a nerd as i am)

  • our main protagonist is not a traditionally masculine hero. he’s small, he’s weak, he’s a crybaby, he’s sensitive. especially in the shounen genre, this is a pretty rare thing to see, and even as Izuku grows as a person and becomes more confident in himself, he’s still shy and anxious.
  • he’s also a fanboy!! and not in a bad way!! it’s his fanboy nature that allows him to express himself and show how smart, intuitive, and observant he is
  • the character who does get all the traditionally masculine traits is the character everyone in the main cast acknowledges is a total asshole who mercilessly bullied and abused his classmate/childhood playmate
  • it’s also very clearly seen that Izuku has been conditioned (unintentionally) to fear Bakugou because of all of that physical and emotional abuse. just because he’s a hero in training and he’s learning and growing and becoming more confident doesn’t erase all of those years of bullying
  • it’s also acknowledged that they are children and still have room to grow. Bakugou is an asshole, but he’s not totally villainized for his behavior and is given the chance to change and become a better person because he’s only sixteen years old and still has time to change
  • and he does!! he makes an effort to change and try to adjust his behavior to make a more positive impact (even if it is a slow and arduous process, we do see him make great strides throughout the manga)
  • it would have been really easy to just throw Bakugou under the bus and make him a villain, but instead we get to see his growth as a person as he matures and enters the world of adulthood
  • All Might is the no. 1 hero, the Symbol of Peace, the man everyone thinks is invincible, and he has a chronic condition. he’s missing his stomach, he’s had multiple surgeries, he spits up blood, he literally looks like a skeleton, guys. but even after the reveal, people still admire and look up to him as an idol because he’s still All Might and he still protected and saved a lot of lives and was still a hero
  • All Might’s relationship with Izuku just in general. seriously, i could make an entirely different list just based on their relationship and 95% of the fandom has already talked about them, so i won’t gush about their relationship too much here
  • the fact that most of the adults take responsibility when they fuck up. the police force realize they’ve relied too heavily on heroes, specifically All Might, and they make an effort to change that so they can help people. the teachers at UA recognize that they’ve neglected students who need psychological help. Izuku’s mom acknowledges that she should have encouraged his dream in spite of his quirklessness. most stories, even in the west, don’t have nearly as much adult responsibility as this series does
  • the elusive living anime mom
  • okay but seriously, Inko is quite possibly one of the best fictional moms i’ve seen in a long time. she’s loving and encouraging and she tries her hardest, but she’s not perfect. she’s a single mom caring for her son, who wants to go into this incredibly dangerous profession. and when he gets hurt enough times, when her limit is finally met, she puts her foot down and says “no. i love you, but i can’t let you keep getting hurt like this.” like any reasonable parent would. and the only way she relents is when she sees how much Toshinori wants to teach him and nurture him and encourage him and see his dream recognized and she sees how badly Izuku wants to continue down this path, even if it’s under her terms.
  • this series seriously tackles a lot of topics that you wouldn’t expect it to. you know you’re gonna get the usual topics like what makes a hero, what makes a villain, etc. but, it also goes over other subjects like bullying, parental abuse, discrimination, grief, inferiority complexes, how easy it is to create a monster, redemption. this is a manga about teenagers learning to be super heroes, how did it turn out like this
  • it would have been so easy to sexualize any of the girls. this manga, in the hands of a lesser author, would have featured a lot of fan service shots of the girls. Momo especially, considering she wears a very revealing outfit. and yet, none of them are sexualized?? in any way shape or form??? yeah, we see Momo shirtless a lot and some girls wear skin tight outfits. but, you know who else has skin tight outfits and revealing hero costumes? the boys. and when we do see a shirtless girl or boy, it’s not framed in a way where we’re meant to be objectifying their body. there’s a reason why it happened and we move on. it’s so refreshing.
  • (there are only two fan service female characters. one uses her sexuality to get free shit and the other is meant to make you uncomfortable. take it what you will)
  • we get a lot of unique designs for each of the characters. there are no same faces. each character has a unique quirk and a design that belongs to them. they aren’t interchangeable with one another. Izuku looks like Izuku. All Might looks like All Might. they all look unique with different shapes and sizes
  • (admittedly the manga still kind of falls under the trap of the boys get to have weird, strange designs and the girls all kind of look cute, but it’s not nearly as bad as some other shows. and honestly, if that’s my only complaint, that says a lot)
  • fighting doesn’t solve everything! there’s a really incredible few chapters in the manga dedicated to acknowledging that Izuku and Bakugou seriously need to talk to each other about what Bakugou did to him. they’re both incredible people in their own right and they can learn a lot from each other, but only if they stop fighting and actually communicate with each other. one of the chapters is literally titled “a meaningless fight”. because it is meaningless. it’s not going to solve their problems, fix past mistakes, or make them feel better. it’s a fight to get aggression out because Bakugou doesn’t know any other way to deal with his emotions and trauma.
  • kindness is rewarded!!! cruelty is not!!! i’m really sick and tired of TV shows and movies trying to sell this pessimistic outlook that everything sucks and that gives us the right to be assholes to each other just because it’s edgy. My Hero Academia is such a positive manga and it brings me so much joy and happiness and it sends such a wonderful message of anyone can be a hero if you have a good heart and that kindness will be rewarded, even if it takes a really long time.

i love this manga so much and it’s given me so much light and happiness in my life and if that makes me weird because it’s anime, then fine. whatever. i don’t care. i’ll love it for as long as i can, dammit.


Red Velvet as Greek Goddesses: Joy as Artemis

“Artemis (/ˈɑːrtᵻmᵻs/; Ancient Greek: Ἄρτεμις, Modern Greek: Άρτεμις, Ártemis, Attic Greek: [ár.te.mis]) was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Some scholars believe that the name, and indeed the goddess herself, was originally pre-Greek. Homer refers to her as Artemis Agrotera, Potnia Theron: “Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”. The Arcadians believed she was the daughter of Demeter.

In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.”

I find it interesting that some people find bliss from taking off with only a backpack to hold their belongings, from sleeping in a different place night by night, or that others find it by dedicating themselves to a higher purpose or career, a feeling of lending themselves to the birth of something else, that a sense of being content can come from such varying pursuits. I feel this sense of being content at home, watching the movies I love while lining up the perfume bottles that bring me so much joy. The smell of something baking and the chime of my phone from a friend that I know has my back. It really is the simple things. As I grow, I become more sure of it.

I am absolutely in awe of the Snyders in light of the news about their daughter. They lost a child and somehow found the strength and dedication to still do 3-months-worth of work on JL and the DCEU. They were struck by the most terrible blow that can happen in a family and a pair of parents and they put their own pain and their own well-being / healing (if one can ever heal from this) and they worked on the movie. I lost my mom when I was 8 and 17 years later I still struggle with it. If their pain is anything like mine (it’s probably much greater) then I am in awe of the fact that they are even still breathing. Still here.

At the same time my heart breaks for these two people. They seem kind and they put so much heart and love into what they do. Their work brings so much joy and it’s brought so many people together.

If a movie flops there can always be a remake. What Deborah and Zack lost - they can’t remake. They can’t make up for. My thoughts and my heart are with them. I hope that they find solace and I know that their daughter, whereever she is now, will be watching over them from a better place.

In light of this tragedy, the JL movie hardly matters. I am disgusted to hear and see people hating on the Snyders for it. It makes me think that these people have never experienced any loss in their lives. Or maybe they are that vile and selfish to think about their own gratification and satisfaction when two other people’s world has come undone.

I am not thrilled about having Whedon on board either - but here’s a newsflash - you can be super unhappy about having to deal with him AND STILL NOT BOTHER ZACK AND DEBORAH.

Hating on the Snyders is grounds for blocking on a regular day, but it’s tenfold more so now.

FanFic Writers - Read Me (please)

You all may remember last week I posted something non-J&HQ related, it was an entry for a competition ran by the extraordinarily wonderful @meredithannebull for another fandom I’m madly in love with, Strange Magic. 

So it turns out, my entry got second place. I am absolutely stoked and beyond happy with this, all of the entries were fantastic so for my piece to get recognised was a great achievement, but this isn’t what this particular post is about. 

The reason behind my entry was a dedication piece, a thank you and a tribute to one of my favourite authors, @endorathewitchwriter who is pretty well known across the Strange Magic and J&HQ fandoms for her fantastic stories. 

Her stories, as with many of the others out there kept me from loosing myself to the crippling shadow of depression. Every morning during what was probably the worst Summer of my life, I’d wake up and read a fanfic, one day it happened to be @endorathewitchwriter‘s piece and that’s how the entry piece came about, feel free to read it below for further context. 

My point is, without those fanfic stories I’m 99% I’d have lost myself. Writers, when the days you feel your work isn’t good enough, or you’ve not had a review for a new chapter you’ve uploaded, or you’re struggling with writers block… Know that the time, effort and soul you put into your work is hitting people’s hearts across the world and are making their lives BETTER! Whether you’ve written 1 story or 101 stories, you’ve still made a difference to someone’s life, you’ll have made them smile, laugh, cry, feel - you’ll have given them a reason to continue living even if it’s just to see what happens next chapter. You’ve kept them going an extra hour, an extra day, an extra month they would have potentially lost, and during those waiting times for new updates they’ve managed to get out of bed, get a shower, get dressed. Hell, I speak from experience when I say - they might have even met people, got a job and now a year down the line they’re alive, they’re happy. And it all comes down to your story, your chapter, your time, your effort.  

Regardless of who you are on the “outside world”, who you are in these fandoms is a Hero and although you might not feel like much in yourself, you mean a great deal to someone. Please continue what you do, because quite honestly, you never truly know how much your stories mean to others. 

My thanks to all of you in the fandoms I follow, Strange Magic and the Joker & Harley Quinn - I really couldn’t express my lofe to each and everyone of you, but you all make my life fun sharing these experiences with such an awesome bunch!

A special thank you again to @meredithannebull for this opportunity and the prize - which is of course going to @endorathewitchwriter, more than deserved! 

And a HUGE thank you to all of the authors of fanfics I’ve read over the years, we’re talking at least a thousand so I can’t name them all, but future posts are coming with my recommendations of those who really stuck with me! 

Thanks for reading. :)

The contest entry: 

Side by side, but worlds apart

When I first saw the tumblr contest appear I had considered joining, I’ve written a few original stories following my fondness for everything Strange Magic, but instead I wanted to make this a dedication piece.

As with any great story there’s a villain, a roller coaster ride of events and emotions before the unexpected Hero enters to save the day. To set the scene let’s rewind time back to the Summer of 2016 when I went through the worst time of my life; moving a long distance away from home, my new job (of one month) failing due to company going into administration, relationship problems, my life was well and truly thrown into the toilet. And so entered the villain, depression. At times, this evil, dark entity has crippled my ability to live a little, to talk to others; hell sometimes to even leave my bed - it has on some occasions almost won, but I’ve kept fighting back and aim to continue to do so, especially with the help of the Hero of this story.

This Hero came into my life through pure luck, I was scrolling for new content to read on a popular fan fiction page and they’d just uploaded a new chapter to their story. I’d never heard of Strange Magic, Bog, Marianne, Dawn or any of the other household names I now regularly share my life with until that day. I remember it like it was yesterday as there was suddenly a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. I spent the next ten hours straight reading piece after piece of this author’s work, falling more and more in love with these characters, from their movie based Goblin and Fairy universe to the alternative Human style. I cried with them, I laughed with them, I got so angry at Roland I even yelled loud enough to worry the neighbours. So when I realised these extraordinary stories and characters were based upon a movie; I made a 3am purchase on Amazon to buy the DVD, spending my last pennies of my final pay cheque to receive it next day before noon so I could enjoy putting these characters into action before my eyes.

10:43am the delivery arrived.

10:44am the DVD was placed into the DVD player.

10:46am (silly adverts) the credits opened and I immediately wanted an Imp of my very own.

10:48 - “IT’S A MUSICAL!?!” I cried out in elated joy, gaining a very confused and grumpy look from my dog who was asleep next to me.Finally, after three hours of the most amazing entertainment since I discovered chocolate spread as a kid, the DVD was stopped. I had watched every special feature, rewound back to my favourite parts, repeated the ending song at least four times and fell head over heels in love with the characters all over again. My boyfriend returned home after he’d been to work to find me with the biggest smile on my face and the happiest I’d been in months, all thanks to Bog the ‘angry Scottish’ Goblin,  Marianne the ‘sassy’ Fairy-Warrior, Dawn the ‘who-can-say-no-to-her’ Fairy and all the other fantastic characters who I could spend days talking about (this is already nearly a full page so I won’t!)

Something in me clicked that day, the emotional strength of the movie rushed through my body and gave me the push I needed to try something different, much like Marianne, so I did. And in July 2016 I landed my dream job, I’m proud to say I’m still there now and love waking up for work. I followed the influence of Bog and his slow yet continuous journey towards loving who he is and I am beginning to get there too, I’m starting to love my lumps and bumps even if they could do with some TLC. The happy-go-lucky attitude of Dawn has rubbed onto me too, I’ve made new friends and even go out dancing, although not with so many people - joined by my very own ‘Sunny’ whom has his own dance moves he happily shows off. I know my depression will remain with me as a shadow over my head probably till my last breath, but for now, thanks to some Strange Magic I am coping much better such that when life starts to get me down, I either grab my phone and load up a story (I do this so often the website is my home page) or I grab the DVD and let the songs, laughs and angry Scottish accent do what they do best - make me smile.

Safe to say, my story had a happy ending and so after a number of months I finally contacted the Hero of this story, the author to those fan fics to say how much they had changed my life, to an extent I would even go as far to say they’d saved it. For if they hadn’t updated their profile at that very minute I was checking the site I’d never have experienced the sheer joy and happiness just one movie could bring. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a reply from them, they were so grateful for my comments I couldn’t believe they wanted to talk to me, I felt (and still do) like I was talking to a celebrity.

The Strange Magic fans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, always really friendly, happy to chat about the movie, give ideas for stories, share their love for Bog’s eyes… But this author would always hang out in the background and never really come forward, even though they’re one of the most prolific and loved writers in the fandom. As my friendship with the Hero grew I came to learn they were living with health difficulties which meant they were living in constant crippling pain and due to this they’re very shy and extremely self conscious. The Strange Magic stories they write have been an escape from the daily reminder of medication and immobility, the Hero, like me uses the movie as a boost of morale, to bring a smile to their face and happiness to the thousands of others who have read their stories based on the characters.

Sadly for me, the Hero lives on the other side of the world. But thanks to their extraordinary talent in writing some of the most unique and loved stories in the fandom we have grown to become best friends via the internet and regularly screw up our sleep patterns just to talk across time zones. One day I hope to cross the border of Primroses and finally give my Hero a big old hug, and a thank you for introducing me to Strange Magic.

So, what has Strange Magic done for me and why do I love it? That’s easy. It saved my life, literally. It reminded me of the reasons to keep fighting, to sing and smile daily, to love those around you and love yourself. But most of all, it gave me someone to admire, look up to, talk with daily about the gorgeous colour of Bog’s eyes. But best of all, it gave me a best friend, my Hero, EndoratheWitch (tumblr: endorathewitchwriter).

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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For @raven-brings-light. Dear one, you deserve all joys and celebrations today. (I hate that it’s been a bumpy start.) I hope some Ragnarok speculative storyweaving is a little brightening thing. I wish now I had written some fluffy honey but I hope some fraught drama is still enjoyable.

I’m so happy we’ve met and I’ll never stop gushing about how much you’ve improved my writing. You’ve given me new tools to see storycrafting and I don’t know how to begin repaying that gift.

And more thanks (so much) to @chrisshemsworth for beta reading and hand holding<3

Tagging my usual! Want added/removed? Shoot me a message:)

@angrymadsygin @janedoe876 @philosopherking1887 @pinknoonicorn @ikoliholic @writernotwaiting @raven-brings-light @fourletterwordsstartingwithl @incredifishface @rynfinity @illwynd @kneel-to-maria @sheilatakesabow @ghostxforest @lunariagold @radiatorfromspace @inkededucatednnerdy @glitteroncheeks @stmonkeys @chrisshemsworth @msmynx @gutterfortunecookie @yazileona @taste-of-rain@wolfsmom1@bubblebubble03 @viestadisaster@lisams20 @satanssyn-n-things

Big love to you, Raven! 

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Mary Poppins Returns

Call it a spoonful of sugar for the holiday season.

Walt Disney Pictures officially announced Tuesday that Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in a Mary Poppins sequel set to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

Mary Poppins Returns will star Blunt as the practically perfect nanny, more than five decades after Julie Andrews played the role in Disney’s 1964 classic. Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Both had been reported to be in talks for those roles earlier this year.

The film will be directed by Rob Marshall and produced Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt. It will feature a screenplay by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, an all-new score from Marc Shaiman, and new original songs written by Shaiman and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman.

This new story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by Poppins following a personal loss. She and her friend Jack then help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” said Marshall in a statement.

Travers first introduced the world to Mary Poppins in her 1934 book of the same name, which served as the basis for the Andrews and Dick Van Dyke-starring film. She also penned seven additional books starring the no-nonsense British nanny. Blunt previously worked with Marshall on the big-screen adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. Miranda, meanwhile, penned music for Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is composing songs for the studio’s upcoming animated film Moana.

So…what are the chances that Disney might release a special “uncut” edition of the movie on DVD with ALL the deleted scenes added back in in their correct places? Because it would bring me SO much joy to watch the movie in its entirety with every single moment that was filmed included!

Little Prince~

When you get home from a long day of being an adult, I’ll be there to spoil you with kisses and sweets and cuddles and stuffies.
You don’t need to think or stress over the events that happened throughout your day, let mommy take care of you and wash away all your worries.
When you’re home you are the Prince of your castle, you can do whatever you want – within reason, of course, my sweet darling.
Come color with mommy; show her how pretty of a picture you can make so she can hang it on the refrigerator.
Cuddle up to my side while we watch your favorite movie, let me hear your cute giggles and little gasps as the pictures dance in your eyes while I wonder how I am so lucky to have such a sweet little prince to care for and nurture.
Show me your favorite stuffies, and tell me stories at bedtime. Show me how excited you get when you tell your stories to me; let me hear and see the passion you have when you speak.
In return I’ll write stories for you starring you being the brave prince that’ll one day be king, and I will read them to you whenever you are sad or for your bedtime, or whenever you want to hear a story.
You are my Little Prince, I will do anything for you.
Mommy will do anything she can to show you she loves you so very very much.
If you are sad, mommy will bring you your favorite stuffie(s), whatever candies you want, your favorite movies; and I will hold you, pet your hair and kiss your forehead while whispering how much I love you, how much you mean to me, and how I thank every star in the sky that you are my beautiful, darling little prince.
You, my sweet baby, are mommy’s pride and joy, and I love you so much.

One of the most boldly bright and beautiful movies I have ever seen. This made me experience all of the magic I first felt when I fell in love with movies as a child all over again. If this was the first movie a person saw, they’d be devastatingly disappointed when they learned how little most others are anything like it.

It’s a technical wonder and next-level achievement of design, choreography, camerawork and music but I don’t even care. I’m normally the first to gush about cinematic techniques and narrative arcs and costuming decisions but this movie, despite mastering pretty much all of those sorts of things, struck something so deeply inside of me on such a human and intense level that I can hardly even bother fixating on the details when something as magical and as beautiful and as overwhelming as the overall experience exists.

The only word I can even use for it that seems suitable is “magical.” Midnight in Paris was the last Hollywood movie to feel truly magical in a sincere way for me, and then this came along. This beautiful, lovely, joy-bursting, heart-tugging, dazzling, emotional overload piece of art. Movies like La La Land are why I love movies.

This is so immersive, so majestic, so incredible, so wonderful. Within the first five minutes I was crying from how much raw and childlike joy it was bringing me after months of feeling incredibly low and depressed and the tears kept happening throughout for a million different reasons. Mia & Sebastian are the best onscreen romance of the century in film so far. As an artist trying very hard to succeed and struggling regularly, so much about these two characters spoke to me, and so much of their dialogue and conflicts resonated. It feels completely universal but in a very raw and intimate way without being vague and over the top insincere mass audience emptiness and cliche. This whole thing puts genre to shame and just becomes a pinnacle example of everything that makes the experience of a movie great.

It’s been hours since I left that theatre and I am still just totally overwhelmed but I feel like my life’s been enriched by having experienced that. It’s so fucking magnificent. I’m desperate to see it again already. I don’t even know how to describe my love for it. That entire movie felt like falling in love hopelessly and wonderfully. It’s a fucking masterpiece. This is the kind of movie that word is meant for. I’m in love.

I finished it! Happy three year anniversary, rise of the guardians! I know I’m late, but better late than never.

This movie has to be my favorite movie ever. It has its faults, yeah, but it brings me so much joy. This fandom has to be one of the nicest fandoms I’ve ever been in and I’ve stumbled across some of the most fantastic artists and fic writes ever. 

So to celebrate I drew Jack Frost, my favorite character. Perhaps next year I’ll be good enough to tackle North! 

I hope everyone has a good day and life and I hope Rise of the Guardians has brought ya’ll the same joy it has brought me.


I’ve seen all of Steve’s movies but for me, Steve is never better or more appealing than when he plays a caring dad, “Father of The Bride”, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”, and “Parenthood” will always be my favorite of your movies and I wanted to take this weird public opportunity to tell you how much I love you in those roles and also how much joy it brings me to know that you’re a dad now in real life. And yes, that is a patronizing thing to say. But people say dumb stuff like that to women all the time. So I just need you to just take it. 

-Tina Fey talking on stage at the 2015 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Honoring: Steve Martin. [x

I don’t even care how stupid this sounds but honestly the DC movie slate really is something that kept me going sometimes, like you don’t know what you future is gonna be, if you’ll make it, if you’ll be happy and when I was really low somewhere in the back of my mind I knew these characters that mean so much to me were gonna be brought to life by people who loved them as much as I do and sometimes that was just enough you know? Nothing and no one can take the joy that the DCEU brings me and I’m grateful everyday I get to be here to live through it and have even something small like a movie to look forward to as far as 2020, it’s just enough, it’s makes me so happy

It's Not Like In The Movies

TITLE: It’s Not Like In The Movies


AUTHOR: winterheart17


GENRE: Comedy, Fluff, Romance

FIC SUMMARY: Tom plans a little something but as people say…things don’t quite happen like in the movies.

Rating: T

Author’s Note: Mild swearing and mentions of period.  Dedicated to sharonsas because it’s her birthday or anyone having a bad day! Please do tell me what you think :)


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Quinta B. - HE GOT MONEY!!!

I have seen gifs of Quinta Brunson floating around the internet for a couple of weeks now and I had no idea who she was.

I FINALLY stumbled upon her Instagram so now I can follow the entire Girl Who’s Never Been On A Nice Date series.  Quinta B. is my new favorite person on the Internet and a gift to the world.  Get into this tiny little treasure right now.

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Just had a stupid hilarious thought I felt the need to share: Ulysses Klaw, who gets his left arm casually lopped off in AOU is a regular Black Panther villain, and Bucky is in Wakanda now, having just lost his left arm (again). So, we could get a Black Panther movie featuring two white characters and zero white left arms.

anonymous asked:

so I went to see magic mike with a few of my friends as kind of a joke? we are all ladies who are generally inclined more towards other ladies than dudes. we expected to be mildly amused at best. WE WERE NOT PREPARED. I think it was about fifteen minutes in that we were periodically clutching each other's hands in sheer delight. The convenience store scene was the point of no return. This movie gave me everything I never thought I needed from a movie. I am not sure I will ever be over it????

THIS BRINGS ME SO MUCH JOY!! I’M SO DELIGHTED TO HEAR THIS!!!!! THE THING about this movie is that, while of course it is Very Erotic, it is also just so UTTERLY FULL OF JOY AND EXUBERANCE that I think it really just… transcends everything???? Like, these men are SO INTO SATISFYING WOMEN, RIGHT, this is their MISSION, it is their PASSION, it is what they TALK ABOUT AMONGST THEMSELVES, it is what they RUMINATE UPON PHILOSOPHICALLY. But what’s so great about the way the movie works is that they aren’t actually (with, uh, basically the one amusing and satisfying [off-screen] exception) having sex with them!! Their function isn’t actually to SLEEP WITH these women. It’s to MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD. Which often involves humor! (SEE FOR REFERENCE: THE CONVENIENCE STORE SCENE, THE GREATEST CINEMATIC ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF ART.) I LOVE that scene because – SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS – he’s LITERALLY JUST TRYING TO MAKE HER SMILE. THAT IS HIS WHOLE GOAL. And it’s the best scene in the movie!!!!!!!! JOE MANGANIELLO DANCES RIDICULOUSLY IN A CONVENIENCE STORE TO THE BACKSTREET BOYS TO MAKE THE CASHIER SMILE. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PHILOSOPHY. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE. (END SPOILERS.)

So as the audience members – like, obviously the main target audience of this movie is women who want to sleep with dudes, but I don’t actually think the movie even necessarily wants you to want to sleep with those dudes! (NOT, OF COURSE, that there is anything wrong with that.) That’s not what they’re there for! They’re there to delight you. And that can take the form of being funny or being Very Sexy or listening earnestly to women’s problems, thereby allowing you to IMAGINE BEING ON THE RECEIVING END OF SUCH TREATMENT. And the movie is consequently just one big earnest hilarious gift, because it’s so open-hearted and enthusiastic and JOYOUS in a way that I truly believe transcends sexual desire. And of course is focused on men, and that is, um, not how men are normally portrayed in the movies. A MOVIE ABOUT MEN BEING SUPPORTIVE PALS AND EARNESTLY AND RESPECTFULLY DOING ALL THEY CAN TO PLEASE WOMEN (OF ALL SIZES, COLORS, AND AGES!) BOTH SEXUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE. WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT. I DO NOT KNOW HOW THE HELL A BUNCH OF MEN MADE THIS MOVIE BUT I THANK THEM ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, and if they have female spouses I CONGRATULATE THOSE WOMEN on their success, because DAMN.